Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola has once again spoken out about his client, and said that the 27-year-old wants to join his “dream club” Manchester United by any means.
Mkhitaryan’s contract does not expire until 2017, and despite the Armenia international not wishing to extend at his current club, Dortmund are not willing to let him leave this summer.
Even though Dortmund are working hard to keep Mkhitaryan at the Westfalenstadion, Raiola maintains that he will do all he can to get the midfielder his move to Old Trafford.
“We have both taken very different views and fight for them like lions,” the agent told Bild.
“Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke walks 180 degrees into one direction and I 180 degrees into the other but even though it does not look like it right now, I still hope for a sensible solution.
“Such an offer to join United might only come once in a lifetime for a player and nobody can guarantee us that the door will still be open for Micki next season.
“Manchester [United] are Micki’s dream club, he wants to join them by any means.”
Another client of Raiola’s, Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, announced on Tuesday that he will retire from international football after EURO 2016, which means he could make his Manchester United debut as early as July 22nd.
This statement from Ibrahimovic comes a day before their must-win clash against Belgium on Wednesday evening, which could potentially be the last game wearing his nation’s colours.
It was reported that Ibrahimovic’s proposed move to Manchester United could be put on hold for the Rio 2016 Olympics, but this will no longer be the case.
“The last game (at Euro 2016) will be my last for Sweden, so I hope it will not be tomorrow,” said the 34-year-old.
“I am very proud of what I have achieved and will always bring the Swedish flag with me.”
If Sweden are eliminated on Wednesday, United could get the deal wrapped up in time for their pre-season tour of China, meaning Ibrahimovic could make his debut on July 22nd against Borussia Dortmund.
Long-time Manchester United target Mats Hummels has revealed his reasons for not joining the Red Devils over Bayern Munich this summer, which was because of the lack of Champions League football at Old Trafford next season.
He told Suddeutsche Zeitung: “Fundamentally, England, Spain and Germany were the relevant leagues I could see myself playing football in.
“But at this stage there just was not that one English club where the overall package was fitting.
“The overall package means: a club which fascinates me; a club I have always wanted to join, and where the sporting constellation is right, and which of course plays Champions League football next season. And because of the latter one club was ruled out, and you can envision which club that was.”